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PreSchool-Grade 1–In a mysterious location, pandas live at the base of a tall cliff, while polar bears reside at the top, so they never meet. Then a curious polar bear cub falls off the edge into a mud puddle, giving him pandalike markings. He meets a splotchy cub and they enjoy playing together, until the polar bear's muddy spots are washed off after a swim. The polar bear worries that the bear, which he learns is a panda, will not want to be friends now that their differences are known. To the contrary, the young panda is fascinated by the polar bear's stories of snow and, as he describes his habitat, he grows homesick. Working together, the two build a ladder out of bamboo, allowing each to visit the other's home, which readers learn on the last spread is in a zoo. The muted watercolors of spot art and spreads perfectly evoke the playful energy of the young animals in their respective environs. The lesson that we can get along despite our differences is presented in an age-appropriate and lighthearted manner in this simple and delightful tale.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Baek's illustrations...are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. ---Kirkus Reviews

"...[A] simple and delightful tale." --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733596
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mother claims that I drew a perfect circle when I was one years of age. I have a feeling that there is a bit of an exaggeration, I mean, I'm sure I drew something close to a circle but I'm sure it was nothing close to perfection. It is true that I was always drawing ever since I could remember and my mother knew there was something special. I lived in a time and place where it was forbidden to write with your left hand. Being a lefty everyone from school teachers to neighborhood granny tried to fix what they considered a problem. Sometimes things got harsh to the point where I didn't want to draw anymore. I felt as if my childhood was snatched out from me all because of which hand I wrote with. My mother, bless her heart, supported me 100% and argued with teachers to let me be. Our family moved to the states when I was nine and ever since then I was free to spread my left wing. Now, I illustrate and write children's book and it is like being a kid again. I can't ask for anything more.

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Spread after spread, this book is filled with beautiful colors and visual humor. It's a great story about two unique bears embracing differences, while discovering new friendship and adventure all along the way.
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As a middle school English teacher, I am excited about Mr. Baek's second book, "Panda and Polar Bear."

It's difficult to find a book which impacts me after reading it. His new book has done just that. "Panda and Polar Bear" reflects an important immigration issue, identity. Through his warm, soft drawings and colors, young children, even teenagers can observe and identify their true identities as Americans with different heritages.

I strongly recommend this book to all classroom teachers and students. I am also looking forward his third book. I heard that it's going to be a chicken story. His first book, "Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!" was also a heartfelt story based on his personal experience with his first daughter. I loved it.
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By LizziesMom on December 22, 2009
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Such a cute, sweet story and lovely pictures. A nice message, too. You will really enjoy this children's book.
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Be Gentle With the Dog Dear - Also a great book.

This book has become my daughter's (3yr) new favorite, the imagery is outstanding and the story perfect for children entering new environments with new children. It teaches them to appreciate themselves and others.
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Panda and Polar Bear is an educational book with beautiful watercolor illustrations. This book teaches several of the differences between panda and polar bears - from the panda bear being "splotchy" and the polar bear being "plain white", to what kind of climate each lives in ("green and grassy" or "white and wintry"), and what kind of food they like (fish or bamboo). It also teaches a valuable lesson about acceptance and maintaining a friendship with someone although they are different. This book has been cleverly written to be educational and entertaining. Highly recommended for children as young as 2 and as old as 7 or 8!

One day the polar bear slips off a snowy cliff and falls into a mud puddle getting mud on his legs and arms. When he hears someone coming he covers his eyes with his muddy paws. A panda bear finds him and thinks he is another panda bear. They become friends and play together ("climbing trees, playing hide-and-seek and following the leader"). They stop for a snack of bamboo, which the polar bear thinks is too hard and decides to go fishing instead. The polar bear looks at his reflection in the water and is surprised to see that he looks like a panda bear. When he dives into the water to catch a fish the mud washes off his fur; the panda bear then asks him where his panda patches went. The polar bear is afraid that the panda bear will not want to be his friend anymore, but instead the panda is excited that he is different and asks him about snow. The two bears work together to build a ladder out of bamboo so the polar bear can go home. SPOLIER ALERT -> In the end of the book there is an illustration which shows the two bears playing together in the "white and wintry" part of the ZOO.
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This is a lovely story about friendship. The pictures and story are very cute. My baby is 9months old and seems to enjoy the book.
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We first picked this excellent little book up at the public library. My four year old grand daughter loved it so much we decided to add it to her shelf of books at home. The author offeres children the opportunity to see how much alike we are even if we look a little different. Team work is introduced and a feeling of "WE can do it prevails." I can guarantee that your little one will enjoy the STOMP, STOMP, STOMP page, you will too.
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